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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Copyright © 1989, 2004 by Stephen R.

Covey All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form.

Cover art to the electronic edition copyright © 2009 by RosettaBooks, LLC

Excerpt of “Little Giddings” from Four Quartets, copyright 1943 by T.S. Eliot and renewed 1971 by Esme Valerie Eliot, reprinted by permission of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.

First electronic edition published 2009 by RosettaBooks LLC, New York.

ISBN Kindle edition: 9780795309199

ISBN Mobipocket edition: 9780795309205

To my colleagues,


And Empowering


Interdependence is a higher value than independence.

This work is a synergistic product of many minds. It began in the middle seventies as I was reviewing 200 years of success literature as part of a doctoral program. I am grateful for the inspiration and wisdom of many thinkers and for the trans-generational sources and roots of this wisdom.

I am also grateful for many students, friends, and colleagues at Brigham Young University and the Covey Leadership Center and for thousands of adults, parents, youth, executives, teachers, and other clients who have tested this material and have given feedback and encouragement. The material and arrangement has slowly evolved and has imbued those who have been sincerely and deeply immersed in it with the conviction that the Seven Habits represent a holistic, integrated approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness, and that, more than in the individual habits themselves, the real key lies in the relationship among them and in how they are sequenced.

For the development and production of the book itself I feel a deep sense of gratitude:

—to Sandra and to each of our children and their spouses for living lives of integrity and service and for supporting my many travels and involvements outside the home. It’s easy to teach principles loved ones live.

—to my brother John for his constant love, interest, insights and purity of soul.

—to the happy memory of my father.

—to my mother for her devotion to her more than 87 living descendants and for her constant demonstrations of love.

—to my dear friends and colleagues in the business, especially:

—to Bill Marre, Ron McMillan, and Lex Watterson for feedback, encouragement, editorial suggestions, and production help.

—to Brad Anderson, who at great personal sacrifice for over a year, developed a Seven Habits video-based development program. Under his leadership this material has been tested and refined and is being implemented by thousands of people across a broad range of organizations. Almost without exception, after initial exposure to this material, our clients desire to make it available to greater numbers of employees, underscoring our confidence that it “works.”

—to Bob Thele for helping to create a system for our firm that gave me the peace of mind to enable me to really focus on the book.

—to David Conley for communicating the value and power of the Seven Habits to hundreds of business organizations so that my colleagues, Blaine Lee, Roice Krueger, Roger Merrill and Al Switzler, and I have the constant opportunity to share ideas in a large variety of settings.

—to my proactive literary agent Jan Miller, and my “can do” associate Greg Link and his assistant Stephanni Smith and Raleen Beckham Wahlin for their creative and courageous marketing leadership.

—to my Simon and Schuster editor Bob Asahina for his professional competence and project leadership, for his many excellent suggestions and for helping me to better understand the difference between writing and speaking.

—to my earlier devoted assistants Shirley and Heather Smith and to my present assistant Marilyn Andrews for a level of loyalty which is truly uncommon.

—to our Executive Excellence magazine editor Ken Shelton for his editing of the first manuscript years ago, for helping refine and test the material in several contexts, and for his integrity and sense of quality.

—to Rebecca Merrill for her invaluable editing and production assistance, for her inner commitment to the material, and for her skill, sensitivity, and carefulness in fulfilling that commitment, and to her husband, Roger, for his wise, synergistic help.

—and to Kay Swim and her son, Gaylord, for their much appreciated vision which contributed to our organization’s rapid growth.


Twenty years ago when I wrote this book, I had no idea how the world would change and that people would be able to read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in this amazing way on this amazing product.

Since then, this book has been called “the most influential business book of the century” (by The Wall Street Journal). It stayed on The New York Times best-seller list for five years. A “must-read” translated into 38 languages, with 20 million copies in print (and is arguably the most pirated business book in the world). Google 7 Habits and you’ll get more than 12 million hits.

I’ve been humbled and gratified by the worldwide audience this book has reached. Presidents, prime ministers, and kings read the book, but so do college students, construction workers, and kitchen help. I’ve heard from literally thousands of people who say things like this:

“I learned to focus on truly important things, not just urgent things.”

“I listen-really listen-to other people for the first time.”

“Since I started thinking win-win in a job that was killing me, I’ve found a new mission and purpose in my professional life.”

How will The 7 Habits impact you? My hope is that you will find new hope, a greater sense of purpose, more peace of mind, and far more rewarding relationships in both your personal and professional life.

Stephen R. Covey

December 2009

FranklinCovey Co.





The Seven Habits—An Overview


HABIT 1 Be Proactive

Principles of Personal Vision

HABIT 2 Begin with the End in Mind

Principles of personal Leadership

HABIT 3 Put First Things First

Principles of Personal Management


Paradigms of Interdependence

HABIT 4 Think Win/Win

Principles of Interpersonal Leadership

HABIT 5 Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Principles of Empathetic Communication

HABIT 6 Synergize

Principles of Creative Cooperation


HABIT 7 Sharpen the Saw

Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal

Inside-Out Again


APPENDIX A: Possible Perceptions Flowing out of Various Centers

APPENDIX B: A Quadrant II Day at the Office





Part One




There is no real excellence in all this world

which can be separated from right living.

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